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In the coming months the active Seniors will be running 

Tea Dances 

Bus trips 

Social Gatherings 

 

These are subject to Scottish guidelines and as yet have not been confirmed 

 

We organise regular tea dances in local community venues and regular bus outings for older people in the West of Glasgow (ten times per annum for each). We anticipate 45-50 people at the monthly tea dance and 45-50 people on our bus outings. The outings will be to a combination of social and educational locations within close proximity to Glasgow. The destinations are decided in conjunction with local older people through consultation at our biennial development days and other events. In addition to the regular tea dances we will hold a larger annual tea dance where we expect 150-200 people to attend.

In conjunction with the Clyde Campus Primary School we will organise a series of intergenerational activities throughout the year which could consist of outdoor and in-school activities. In recent years this has included an intergenerational choir, canoeing, barging on a local canal and speed boating. Our work in intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the younger and older have to offer each other and those around them. Both the older and younger people alike thoroughly enjoy working with each other and engaging in conversations about life, work and common interests. This has helped us promote respect for both the elderly and the young and assist in breaking down the perceived barriers. We plan to work with 60 children and 25 older people during the course of each academic year.

Our Day in the Park event will offer a combination of information and entertainment for older people in Glasgow and surrounds. We will have up to 60 stall holders from a voluntary and statutory organisations working with and for older people. A free lunch will also be provided.

In the past 16 years, attendance at this event has risen from 200 to 1400.

Previous evaluation comments have said this was a "Great day", "Everything you need to know in one place", "Excellent day", "Fandadiedozie!" to quote but a few.

 

We will continue to signpost older people to projects in the area which meet their needs and work with the Knightswood Connects programme to ensure the best possible outcome of any signposting.

The overall aim of the project is to reduce social isolation and loneliness experienced by older people. Our programme will provide isolated older people with more opportunities to get out of the house. They will be able to meet new friends and to maintain and develop friendships. They will also be able to access information about activities in their local community which will enable them to become more connected within their local community. This will lead to improved health, particularly mental health, and improved confidence. As a consequence, they will make less demands on health and social care services.

If you would like further information about our services please call our development worker Robert Smith on 07810441382 or by email to active_seniors@hotmail.com